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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 15, 2010 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-15-time is short

First of all, I'm not getting cheated, I have more live Dead than I could ever listen to. There arent enough hours in the day. I've got great shows that I haven't listened to in years. and that's just the Dead! I have over 60 days of music of all kinds on my external hard drives.

I would guess that most of you have a more diverse taste than just Dead and, like me, have a lot of different music. Do you really get to listen to all your Dead? Not that there's anything wrong with it, but after a while it just becomes a colection. Do you really listen to 33 dps, all the studio recordings, all the road trips, all the "from the vaults" the DVDs the ten cd Fillmore release, the Grateful Dead movie re-release with additional discs, and that's just what I can think of off the top of my head, I know there's a lot more. Not to mention your downloads and your streams. Man I'm exhausted just thinking about it. If you can listen to that much music in the course of a year or 2 or 3, you are a more dedicated than I am.

I've been in marketing for years and from a marketing point of view the reason for the dips in DP sales was obvious. The market was way oversaturated with live GD music. As much as we like to think we are this huge group of people, I would say that the number of people who were willing to buy 33 (or even 10) 3-cd sets of music from one band (even the Grateful Dead) over the course of a couple of years is fairly small. A lot of people who I went to shows with have maybe 2 or 3 DPs, they just aren't interested in getting that 5th or 6th or 10th killer Scarlet/Fire or Dark Star. Even the most popular musicians of all times who have hundreds of millions of fans (Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson) only release a cd once or twice a decade or so. Of course the GD can only sell a couple of thousand copies of each release. Certainly I'm happy that all that music is out there, but man, that's a lot of music from one band that in the context of popularity is way down the list. There's just not enough of a fan base to support all that output. I hope they fired whomever was giving them marketing advice.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2010-06-15 22:08:37

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 15, 2010 3:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-15-time is short

I'm sorry folks, I'll shut up now.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 15, 2010 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-15-time is short

Actually I only listen to the even numbered DPs , and wait for the leap year for the others ...
Yes, good point . Why do I still, get all the cds, and download even more shows ...
I have answered to friends that collecting the shows is like collecting interactive baseball cards . They are fun to collect and you an actually play them ! I listen to them more than I reread that copy of "Don Quixote I bought in 9th grade !
I could make the point that the "official releases" sound better than most downloads , etc. , but If you are happy with what you have ... well that's fine .
As for me, I do listen to plenty of other music , I have maybe 3x as many Classical cds as Dead ones ! I do cycle through my cds, takes years !
But yes, your argument is reasonable , but this collecting , on my part , has little to do with reason ...